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What Makes Quantum Computing So Hard to Explain?
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What Makes Quantum Computing So Hard to Explain?

To understand what quantum computers can do—and what they can’t—avoid falling for overly simple explanations.

Are We Waiting for Everyone to Get Hacked?
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Are We Waiting for Everyone to Get Hacked?

Leon Panetta is one of the few American government officials who can look around at the nation's rolling cyberdisasters and justifiably say, “I told you so.”

The U.S. Needs a National Strategic Computing Reserve
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The U.S. Needs a National Strategic Computing Reserve

One year after supercomputers worked together to fight COVID-19, it's time to broaden the partnership to prepare for other crises.

Does AI Have an Alignment Problem?
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Does AI Have an Alignment Problem?

The problems and the possibilities of AI are, in a very deep way, the problems and possibilities of humanity.

Reward Is Enough for Generalized AI
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Reward Is Enough for Generalized AI

The generic objective of maximizing reward is enough to drive behavior that exhibits most abilities studied in natural and artificial intelligence.

Reducing Racial Bias in AI Models for Clinical Use
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Reducing Racial Bias in AI Models for Clinical Use

To fully address the issue of racial bias in AI models for clinical use, a top-down intervention is required.

First Science Adviser in Biden Cabinet Talks COVID, Spying, and More
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First Science Adviser in Biden Cabinet Talks COVID, Spying, and More

As a member of the Biden cabinet, new OSTP Director Eric Lander may have more access and influence than any science adviser before him.

Polarized Scientific Views Are Worse Than Ever
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Polarized Scientific Views Are Worse Than Ever

Interactions between science and politics are now so complex, so numerous, and often so opaque that it’s not clear anymore whom to trust.

Getting More People With Disabilities Developing Technology Is Good for Everyone
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Getting More People With Disabilities Developing Technology Is Good for Everyone

It's not just a matter of fairness and inclusion. Accessible technology is generally better for everyone.

Machine Learning Security Needs New Perspectives and Incentives
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Machine Learning Security Needs New Perspectives and Incentives

Researchers and developers racing to make deep learning available to different applications need to actively seek out and address security challenges before they...

A Number Theorist Who Connects Math to Other Creative Pursuits
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A Number Theorist Who Connects Math to Other Creative Pursuits

Jordan Ellenberg calls on mathematics to explore everything from Internet fads to voting rights.

Theorists and Experimentalists Must Join Forces
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Theorists and Experimentalists Must Join Forces

Collaborations between theorists and experimentalists are crucial for accelerating research.

Self-Driving Cars Might Never Be Able to Drive Themselves
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Self-Driving Cars Might Never Be Able to Drive Themselves

Producing truly autonomous vehicles requires a fundamental shift in current approaches.

For Companies That Use ML, Labeled Data Is the Key Differentiator
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For Companies That Use ML, Labeled Data Is the Key Differentiator

Any company that is considering using machine learning cannot overlook one technical choice: supervised or unsupervised learning.

Shoshana Zuboff: Why You Should Care About Privacy
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Shoshana Zuboff: Why You Should Care About Privacy

The author of The Age of Surveillance Capitalism talks about why people should pay attention to how big tech companies are using their information.

Should Alexa Read Our Moods?
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Should Alexa Read Our Moods?

Companies should be barred from analyzing what people say and how they sound to recommend products or personalize advertising messages.

Collusion Rings Threaten the Integrity of Computer Science Research
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Collusion Rings Threaten the Integrity of Computer Science Research

Experiences discovering attempts to subvert the peer-review process.

Depth and Persistence
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Depth and Persistence: What Researchers Need to Know About Impostor Syndrome

Understanding impostor syndrome's complexity and its effect on research persistence.

A Vision to Compute like Nature
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A Vision to Compute like Nature: Thermodynamically

Advocating a new, physically grounded, computational paradigm centered on thermodynamics and an emerging understanding of using thermodynamics to solve problems...

Locality and Professional Life
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Locality and Professional Life

The locality principle extends beyond computer memories. It teaches us something about being human.
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